A video of a new sting operation allegedly showing a Congress legislator talking of bribe to at least a dozen party MLAs to keep them on ousted chief minister Harish Rawat’s side has surfaced two days ahead of the floor test in the Uttaarakhand Assembly.
The sting allegedly shows Congress MLA Madan Singh admitting to payment of Rs.25 lakh each to 12 legislators.
It has been done by a news channel that earlier released a video clip allegedly showing Rawat indulging in horse-trading.
BJP accusing him of trying to “buy” legislators while the ousted CM claimed that MLAs were being threatened and their phones tapped by central agencies
Taking potshots at Rawat, the BJP also said he was power hungry and could go to any extent to remain in power.
A purported sting video targeting Harish Rawat which allegedly showed a conversation between rebel Congress MLA Harak Singh Rawat and Congress legislator Madan Singh Bisht was released today by a TV channel, further stirring the political cauldron with the deposed CM accusing the central government and BJP of indulging in “politics of blackmail”.
“Bribes are being given to MLAs to win their support in Uttarakhand. I call it a ‘danavi khel’ (diabolical game). This brokering of ‘dev bhoomi’ (gods’ land) should be stopped immediately,” BJP MP and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said.
The Congress hit back alleging that BJP was hatching a conspiracy against Rawat ahead of the trust vote. The party also wrote to Governor K K Paul, demanding that BJP leader and Uttarkhand incharge Kailash Vijayvargiya be kept away from the state till the trust vote takes place as he was “trying to vitiate the political atmosphere” in the state.
The Harish Rawat government was dismissed by the Centre under Article 356 of the constitution on 27 March after nine Congress MLAs, led by former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, revolted against Rawat.
The Supreme Court has fixed 10 May for the ousted CM to prove his majority in the assembly.